Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    .. Counterargument: People like the beach a whole lot, they just do not like their houses flooding. So, instead of just abandoning the coasts, because frankly, that would take a rewiring of preferences I judge to be very unlikely, we...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Eh, actual swamps probably dont have enough economic payout to be viable, but sure, you could probably just replant the catchment basin in fruit and nut trees and that would moderate runoff quite considerably. Especially if that is a priority....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Yes. But a kelp farm that is being harvested is going to have a significantly higher pH than the ocean in general - it is a localized low-CO2 region, because the kelp consume it. This is seen in the wild,...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Fifth most abundant element in the earths crust, so the answer to that is "Everywhere". Its not going to be a limiting factor - The planet would literally run out of carbon dioxide before Ca becomes a limit on shell-production....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    ...And before you ask, the money flow here is "fruit, timber, free-range woodland pork"...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Ocean fertilization is not about carbon sequestering - No natural flow of money into it there. Any effort into it with that goal necessarily runs on tax dollars and politics, and it is too unpopular a solution for that to...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Because installing new steam generators is totally a routine part of the refueling process that always needs to happen, so this is a completely representative example of the refueling process. That was sarcasm. I suggest you do some minimal fact...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Hughs point is that many, many arguments against nuclear.. and yes, that does include a couple of the ones you yourself have made in this very thread, are proven to be in error by the fact that France exists, and...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    That can be overcome - As I said, their current electricity grids are pitiful. Fixing that might not make you popular - who actually loves their electric utility? But it ought too make you respected and necessary enough that the...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    It isnt that I dont consider solar an important energy source - it clearly is going to be big. I am just tired of people gushing about it and not looking up solar insulation maps and https://www.google.dk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjx5cbArcrUAhXhKJoKHcJ0B3MQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fcommons.wikimedia.org%2Fwiki%2FFile%3ASolarGIS-Solar-map-World-map-en.png&psig=AFQjCNG1NIL8gXPf4mL1dsWvG4JmEsxuVw&ust=1497977048208332 Annual clear days:...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Wikipedia for a general overview of HVDC, for data on the solar drive in Germany being a boondoogle, https://www.energy-charts.de/power.htm?source=all-sources&month=6 and compare all sources for winter months and summer months. The thing that makes that chart a disaster is the fact...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    It is not a matter of opinion. HVDC lines are in widespread use, the quoted efficiencies are very real...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    That has not been true for quite a while. High Voltage Direct Current lines can transport power with a loss of around 3.5 % per thousand kilometers. And if you have appropriate rights of way, like along a rail line...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Noone has a grid that is one nuke plant. When advocating for nuclear as a grid solution, arguing about the "baseload" suitability of a single plant is arguing in bad, or at least, in unexamined faith. Nuclear as a solution...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Aluminum smelters are a shitty load balancing customers. The deal is really tempting to them will - electricity costs are everything to alu production, but if they do, they are lying, because aluminum has a long-ass batch time, and sudden...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    .. Sigh. The way refueling actually works is that you have one crew servicing a rotation of nuke plants. This is all that crew ever does, it is their lifetime job. No extra training costs incurred, tough it is skilled...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    The entire gun-making discussion is pointless. The world is littered with rifles and ammo, and both have no meaningful expiration date if stored correctly, which means no soldier or militia member is ever going to have to make a gun....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Rain can be made. I do not here mean cloudseeding, I mean that forests cause rain. Geoengineering will be a big thing going forward, and by that I do not mean crude measures like sulfur injections into the high atmosphere,...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Okay, obviously, fighter air-craft worth their weight in precious metals are unlikely to be the dominant weapon of choice, especially since the nations that can afford them cant actually fight each other, because, well, nuclear weapons still exist. But seriously,...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    ... Because our nutrient requirements are very complex and we are much, much better at building robots than we are at folding proteins. Robot-peasants follow from well established technological trends. They do not need strong AI, or Moores law to...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    You cant build anything on top of a human peasant substrate, because they do not produce much in the way of surplus. This is how almost all of history worked - 9 people farming for every person doing something else....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    .. Almost all of it. Note that robot peasants are just hilariously better than trying these farming methods by hand. - None of these high-yield methods are new, the goal is basically to replicate the labor of a Russian grandmother...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    On renewables: Currently renewables are PR. That influences everything about how they are built and how they are used. Solar energy deployed as an actual solution for electricity will look nothing like what solar currently looks like. Instead, what we...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: April Daniels
    So.. Question: If someone were to throw a pile of euros at it and turn dreadnaught into a movie or tv show, who is your fantasy cast ?...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Obvious: Success. So much success. The tribe loves the show, throws a party (hard to distinguish from a riot, because.. orcs.) The band gets visited by orc groupies, the horses for the carriage get eaten and the next morning the...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    If the NRO is anywhere near as competent as I think they are, North Korea´s artillery is mapped down to the meter already. But even if SK and the local US garrison has a computer-controlled "Counter-battery barrage to end all...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I.. Kind of expect this to happen. Not just for politicians, either. An annotated record of your entire life with very good access controls is simply sufficiently useful that I expect people to adopt it. There are some required social...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    .. Or anyone with ambitions about politics runs a lifelog implemented on a high-trust platform. You can prove any and all smears false, no matter how good sfx is if you can account for every second of your life since...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    That is, however, a very superficial critique. Yes, yes, it is impossible to prove that a it all hangs together, because Godel, and so on. As a practical matter, software written using these methods is enormously reliable. "Bug free" isnt...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Not far enough. What we should do is take seL4 to the logical conclusion, and just build a complete operating system to Formal Verification standards. At 400 euros / line of code, that would run somewhere between 4 and 20...
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